So I'm a mean nasty outlaw biker

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    Last Wednesday, I loaded up the Harley in my toy hauler and headed back down to South Florida.
    For the 10 years I lived in the Fort Lauderdale area, every year on the second Sunday in December, I've gone for a ride with 30 or 40 thousand of my closest friends.
    The ride is called "Toys in the Sun" and last Sunday was the 24th time South Florida motorcycle clubs and organizations have come together to raise money for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and collect toys for kids that wouldn't have toys under the tree if it wasn't for thousands of mean, nasty, ugly, long haired, bushy bearded outlaws.
    It rained Sunday for the first time in my years of attending, but we still managed to get 35,000 motorcycles and approximately 70,000 people.
    We collected a bit north of $1,000,000 and 9 semis full of toys.
    Not bad for a bunch of reprobates, huh?

    So, I guess what I want to discuss is what people think of bikers.
    I've ridden Harley Davidsons for 43 years now and have watched the perception the general public has of my brothers and sisters change some over the years, but there are some still out there that view us with disdain.
    35 years ago, I rode up on a motorcycle accident where a car had purposely cut off a bike. A local patch holder was riding with his wife, He was killed instantly and his wife died a few hours later.
    The man who cut them off told the investigating officer that it was no big deal, they were only a couple of biker scum.
    The officer, who was a biker himself, got suspended for 2 weeks for beating the crap out of the bas&*%d.
    I've had people try the same crap on me as well, though only once in the last 10 years or so.
    These days, it's not nearly so blatant, but I still see people roll up their windows and lock their doors when I pull along side.
    So, I'm a biker. Do you feel threatened? How do you react when me and a few of my friends pull up a stool at your favorite watering hole?
    I guess
     
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    o how funny....any time i have ask a biker for help.....its been forthcoming.....lost in the middle of nowhere and the only place open was a biker bar.....no worries...got great directions and went back for lunch the next day.....i would much rather be alone in a biker bar than alone in a golfer bar
     
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    More honest clientele...
     
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    Good job on the toy drive! :clap: Do you have any pics?


    There is a difference between a biker enthusiast... and biker gang member biker i think. That is not to say that the biker gang members cant have big hearts when it comes to kids and toy drives and such but i am sure not gong to sport the "wrong" tattoo that they would want back.

    Not much threatens me. What you come packaged as does not effect me... how you act does.
     
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    I'm getting a weird error when I post pictures. I'll try again later.

    There is a great expectation of respect within the culture. I am expected to know what tattoo would be unacceptable, but a civilian wouldn't have a problem other than disdain.
    Patches are another thing. Never EVER wear colors if you don't own them.
     
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    Bikers are usually ok as long as they are not gang members.
     
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    Yeah them too. Gang colors are not unique to bikers. But as with everything, you get what you put out there. If you ride up and and start pushing people around in a restaurant, or if you ride up an sit down like everyone else.....
     
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    Many are dentists and accounts by day.
     
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    I worked on a motorcycle pit crew in the early '70's. Rode my own bike for years. In the late '70s, I made a coast-to-coast trek on a Honda 350 (the things we do when we are to young to know better!) I had a motorist take an unexpected left turn in front of me while I was riding Asilomar one evening. That knee complains now, especially when it is wet or cold. I have no problem with bikers...salt of the Earth, most of them! Since motorcycle season only lasts about 4-5 months here, and I live on a limited income, bikes are no longer an economic option, I don't have a bike here, but I still see them and respect them. Compare the power on a typical motorcycle to a jet-powered airplane...
     
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    The gang members won't give you grief as long as you stay out of their business. Start playing macho ass and all bets are off.
     

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